Brandon Wheelchair Sports and Leisure

ABOUT BWSL

Brandon and the surrounding Westman area has no official organization promoting and / or coordinating wheelchair sports for adults. Help us change that!



Who We Are


We are a non-profit community group of volunteers with an interest in making a difference for people with mobility impairments in Westman. We receive funding from Government grants, organizations and public donations with 100% of the money going straight back to developing wheelchair sports.



Our Vision


Accessible wheelchair sports for all people in Westman.



Benefits of Wheelchair Sports


Physical activity benefits range from health and wellness to increased emotional quality of life. Yet, 51% of Canadians are inactive and for Canadians with disabilities, this number is even higher.



Mental Health Benefits


Improved mood, reduced anxiety and depression, an increase of self-esteem and belief in oneself.



Social Benefits


New experiences, new friendships, a sense of belonging, a countering of stigma and increase in fun!



Physical Health Benefits


Overall improvement in health, longevity, strength and endurance. A reduced risk of many chronic diseases.



Vocational Benefits


Greater likelihood of employment, with less absenteeism and enhanced productivity.



Physical Health Benefits


Who Could Benefit?

We are not just for regular wheelchair users. People that could benefit in the Westman area are those adults with any mobility impairments.

PARTNERS




BWSL FOUNDERS

Lisa Fourre

Lisa Fourre’s greatest accomplishment is her family. She has a wonderful husband and three beautiful kids that keep her busy and always on her toes with lots of daily excitement. Lisa loves to spend time with her family going for walks, swimming, skating, tobogganing, coloring or playing board games at home.

Besides being a mom Lisa is the manager of Recreation at a Personal Care Home. Lisa chose a profession in which she was passionate about. Growing up she always wanted to make a difference even as little as making someone else smile. When Lisa was a teenager her older brother broke his neck and back and she watched him struggle, unable to participate in the activities he used to enjoy. Wheelchair curling was a natural fit because of working in recreation as well as having family and friends with disabilities. Lisa said she has seen the importance of leisure activities regardless of mobility, cognition or any other obstacle that may hinder someone from participating.

Richard Greer

Richard Greer has been a Community Development Coordinator with the City of Brandon since 2011. The majority of his adult career has been spent in the service of a variety of Non-Governmental Organizations in Brandon. Over 27 years of experience advocating, coaching or managing those living with a disability, youth and/or young adults, and underrepresented cultural populations, Richard has developed an extensive personal network.

As an avid volunteer, Richard balances his time between a number of community projects, raising money or operating local community centre’s and outdoor skating rinks. Richard is one of the founding members of a Educate, Advocate, Support, Empower (EASE) a fledgling charity that will provide support to those affected by suicide.

When he isn’t glued to a computer screen, he spends time working in the garden, with his boxer, and trying very hard not to be the worst poker player on the Prairies.

Jocelyn Beever

Jocelyn Beever has worked in health and education for over 35 years. The wife of a cattle farmer and mother of two children, she enjoys quadding, kayaking, golf, skiing, and skating. Curling became a passion of Jocelyn’s when she met her husband and they began curling together. Her husband was the icemaker for Brandon Curling Club for 17 years, so family time was spent at the rink.

Jocelyn started instructing school clinics with Shirley Bray and later formed Westman Curling Clinics with Don Campbell. As a certified Level III (Competition) Coach, she guided many junior teams at regional and provincial events. At the 2007 Canada Winter Games, she coached the women’s team to a Silver Medal. Jocelyn represented Manitoba as a curler at the 1998 Scott Tournament of Hearts. She continues to give back to the sport of curling as a provincial and national umpire.

An avid baseball fan, Jocelyn follows numerous teams in the summer and can be heard as “the voice of the (Rivers) Comets” at their home games. Young at heart, she still has zip-lining and white water rafting on her bucket list

Andrea Thiessen

Andrea Thiessen was born and raised in the Brandon area. She attended Brandon University and the University of Manitoba where she obtained her Masters of Occupational Therapy. Andrea now works as an Occupational Therapist in Brandon. She enjoys spending time with her family, riding her bike and watching curling. As an Occupational Therapist and an individual with a disability, Andrea is passionate about seeing individuals of all physical abilities engaged in sport.

Ryan Sturgeon

First and foremost Ryan is a very busy and very proud husband and father to four wonderful children. He enjoys camping, swimming, movies, and poker. He has been an avid Toastmaster for about six years and has over the years tried to make a difference with a few volunteer endeavors. In his spare time he is a full time Community Mental Health Worker for the Prairie Mountain Health region with a passion to work with and help others.

Ryan used to be very involved in sports and working out until he broke his neck in a diving accident in 1999. At which time he was told he would never get out of bed again. Years later, after Ryan learned to walk again he has been searching for activities that he could get involved in. Recently, with the aid of a great committee Ryan started Brandon Wheelchair Sports and Leisure with the hope of bringing wheelchair accessible activities to Brandon.